Ruben Olivares vs. Bobby Chacon (1st meeting)

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1973-06-23 : Ruben Olivares 125¾ lbs beat Bobby Chacon 126 lbs by RTD in round 9 of 12

  • Location: Forum, Inglewood, California, USA
  • Referee: Dick Young
  • NABF Featherweight Title (Vacant Title)


"Former world bantamweight champion Ruben Olivares of Mexico ruined the perfect record of local featherweight hero Bobby Chacon, scoring a 9th round knockout. Chacon, 126, appeared strong in the first two rounds, but Olivares dramatically changed the complexion of the fight in the 3rd and didn't lose another round. Olivares, 125 3/4, knocked Chacon down with a straight right in the first ten seconds of the 9th and then pounded the San Fernando fighter unmercifully for the remainder of the round. During the intermission, Chacon's manager, Joe Ponce, asked referee Dick Young to stop the fight, which had been scheduled for 12 rounds and for the NABF featherweight title." -Associated Press

  • Both fighters collected $40,000 apiece with a crowd of 15,100 paying $174,210 at the gate.
  • NABF title had been stripped from Phil Hudson for failure to defend.

Preceded by:
Hudson vs. Hafey
NABF Featherweight Title Fight
# 4
Succeeded by:
McGarvey vs. Meza